Getting started

The first step on the path to the Baja 1000 was to get a bike. I've ridden for many years, but I also haven't ridden in many years. The last time I owned a motorcycle was in 1994. Yes, I'm that old. But I did my research, and knew I was after a dual-sport motorcycle. After all, I've got a lot of riding practice I need to get under my belt before the race next year, and what better way to get there than to ride, ride, ride!

I headed down to the shop, Monterey Peninsula Powersports, and met Mike. We talked pros and cons of different dual-sports and finally settled on one.

So here's the bike I opted for – a 2016 Suzuki DR650. This is a big bike. It's not huge, but it's definitely heavier than most of the dirt bikes you'll see racing in the B1K. But if I was going to make the investment, I wanted a bike I could get lots of use out of. The DR650 is a fantastic adventure bike, and in fact there are some who claim it's the best motorcycle on the planet.